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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: geared 540) (ESC: 20amp MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    3 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Good evening all, this thread is now continuing on the following :-
    https://model-boats.com/forum/87907#88551
    Thanks all, cheers Colin.
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    3 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Good evening all, just a quick update for those of you following this subject.
    Somehow my posts went into wrong section of the forum, probably my fault, so if you want to check on previous posts about this build here is a link to it :-

    https://model-boats.com/forum/79989

    This will take you back to the original thread.
    Sorry for any inconveniance, probably dementia taking hold.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    At least they are true to the original,
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
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    Hi Ian, thats good, and as it should be. Which size is it for, 34 or 46 inch.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Just been going back over my older postings about this model and spotted that the NORSTAR version is missing the 4 portholes that are in my original AEROKITS version.
    Have checked the official Vosper pictures of numbers 93 and 94 , both have 4 portholes.
    A set of 46" plans show only 2, so it looks as though only the original aerokits 34" version is true to the genuine boat. Or have the people who provide modern plans just got lazy.
    When I purchased the windows set for my old aerokits version it included 4 portholes.
    Looks like I will have to measure up and modify to suit as I want this model to be 94 as my old one is 93.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
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    After surviving a poor start to the year things are looking up.
    Thanks to Paul, (HAKITS) who kindly sent me a copy of the NORSTAR Crash tender drawings.
    Having spent the last week partially dismantling to correct some mistakes made by the original builder and me, I have now got some progress to show for my efforts. Finished the skins and main deck, and started on the cabins and rear welldeck, some of the parts don't fit very well due to poor mainframe assembly , but adjusting parts as I go.
    Next stage will be to coat the hull with Ezekote and glass cloth, although I'm tempted to try carbon tissue from deluxe materials. (any thoughts would be helpfull)
    So all in all I'm happy with how its going so far.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Good morning Nerys , I use liquid poly glue or PLASTIC WELD. By E.M.A.
    Hope that is helpful, cheers Colin.
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    5 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Yet another superb model, I'm envious of your rigging skills.
    Cheers Colin.
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    5 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Superb modelling sir, love the dry dock.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    6 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thats great news Nerys, my mum was sent a list of vaccination centres for her, the nearest is a round trip of nearly 60 miles. She doesn't drive anymore, and no relatives nearby to take her. You'd think Aberystwyth would have capability to give vaccinations.
    Cheers Colin.
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    6 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Sounds like your build is very frustrating Nerys, but I'm sure you will get there in the end, you are one determined lady.
    Keep going lass, stay safe and well, cheers Colin.
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    9 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Like your thinking, but unless you are changing speed suddenly, plus this would normally be associated with an oversize motor in a boat.
    Even that could be reduced by the addition of bilge keels.
    Cheers Colin.
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    10 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hey Nerys, I too have a friend in Kent near Maidstone who has gone the same way, he can't even be bothered to answer his emails and phone. I called the police to check on him as it just wasn't him to not answer, he's okay but seriously depressed.
    Visits to Wickes ? Do you have the wicked app on your phone. It gives you 10% off every purchase even on sale goods.
    Keep safe dear ladies, we need your wisdom and wit, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ boat roll
    10 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Rick roll is usually caused by instability or too high a centre of gravity.
    Under what conditions is it most noticeable,
    Sometimes wind on the superstructure can cause an imbalance.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ boat roll
    10 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Can you put some photos, showing hull shape, it may need a pair of bilge keels. I suggest this as it was a problem on a full size boat my family once owned which we cured by fitting a pair of bilge keels.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Paul Freshney
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Sad news indeed, prayers for the rest of his family and hopefully they will get through this awful time.
    Colin.
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    13 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Well Nerys, I’ve got a feeling my son chose it, but as you say a very thoughtful present. Now hanging in our hallway.
    Cheers Colin.
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    13 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Present from my grandson, thought it very pertinent.
    Cheers Colin.
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    15 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Great to see you back in the swing Nerys, looking good so far, agree with Doug definitely need those shaft tubes bracing.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    16 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thank you Paul, that would be fine, do you have a large scanner, or if you can trust me, I have an A3 scanner copier.
    You could send it as a dxf, dwg, or pdf file via email.
    Whichever you decide I will still pay you for it .
    Cheers Colin.
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    16 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Good morning HAkits.
    Your plan would make the world of difference to me, how much would you want for it.
    Thank you Colin.
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    18 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Good evening lads and lasses,
    As my home life has been interrupted recently my modelling has been on hold with only the odd half hour now and then.
    I've managed to get the hull side skins on, the side, fore and stern decks also glued in position.
    Next stage will be to clean up all the seems, followed by trimming and shaping the keel back to the skins.
    I intend to fill the space in front of the front bulkhead with filling foam to add strength and buoyancy in case of disaster.
    Will post some pictures soon, so watch this space, cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Precedent Fairey Huntsman 46 1/2"
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Will, what is going to happen to the Marlin.
    If you don't have a use for it I would like to buy it.
    Think about it, and let me know.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Will, "RANT ON" shipmate , like you say the only cure for the idiots is to catch the bug.
    I have to take regular trips to hospital for both me and the wife, this trip means that we pass by the student halls of residence where those same students(our future) blatantly gather in large groups without masks or social distancing.
    Yet the police drive by and say nothing.
    Maybe if all the idiots who refuse to abide by the rules were killed of by the virus life would return to normal sooner.
    Cheers Colin.
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    20 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Happy new year Nerys,
    Could you trim the rudders to allow for flat beaches, or benches.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ New Year
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Well said Nerys.
    Please keep us enthralled with your posts , and may we all have a better new year.
    Wishing you and Alice the best new year you can get stuck into.
    I wonder if any of our wooden boats have dried out too much. May need to sink a few to expand the wood again.
    Wishing everyone a better new year, keep safe .
    Cheers Colin and Caroline.
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    πŸ“ Thank you.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Bill, your views are shared and passed on .
    Have a good new year one and all, let's hope we win the covid war soon.
    Thanks to all members wherever you are keep modelling,
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Vosper 46" fire boat motors and prop
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Your model looks good on the water, I have a similar problem on my old aerokits 34.5 inch version due to the fact it was originally ic powered and the angle of the propshaft is too steep, this tends to lift the stern as it pushes.
    Also I found that by increasing the size of rudder helped in the turns.
    In the pictures of my Norstar 34.5 inch version I have lowered the thrust angle, the prop is a 40mm 3 blade brass, and the rudder is 50mm deep, set with a 25 mm spacing to allow for the water pick up and easy prop change.
    I am also thinking of fitting the rudder with a horizontal fin on the bottom to help stabilise the thrust .
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Older propshafts with brushless motors
    24 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Will, none of my vintage boats have oilers and still perform as they should, I usually use marine grease on my shafts, this works well for up to 5 or 6 weeks at a time.
    And as most of my fleet are over 40 years old I have not felt the need to retrofit oilers.
    So as long as your shafts are good and the drive train correctly lined up this should suit your needs.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Anything that makes money Ian, !!! Will become a company, or a government department.
    Cheers Colin.
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